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Sources for business history

Sources for art history: Catalogue of the pictures of Alfred de Rothschild 1901

Sources for yachting history: Plans for Nathaniel von Rothschild's yacht Veglia 1905

Sources for natural history: Walter 2nd Lord Rothschild and his zebra carriage: c.1910

Sources for global financial history: Map of lines of the Brazil Railway Company: c.1920

Sources for business history: index cards to bank files

Sources for social history: Rothschild Hospital Paris: 1920s

Sources for business history: detail of a Rothschild bond coupon

Sources for architectural history: Halton House: 1890s

Sources for the history of travel: Lionel de Rothschild's tours of Spain: 1909

Sources for local history: Tring Park: c.1900

Sources for Royal history: shooting party with Edward Prince of Wales: 1893

Sources for political history: Lionel de Rothschild: first Jewish MP: 1858

Sources for sporting history: St Amant winner of the Derby: 1904

Sources for local history: gardeners at Aston Clinton: 1899

Sources for Rothschild family history: Lionel de Rothschild's yacht Rhodora: 1927

Sources for London history: entrance to New Court: 1965

Sources for design history: plans for Lionel de Rothschild's Rolls-Royce: 1930

Sources for business history: Rothschild gold bars produced by the Royal Mint Refinery: 1930s

Sources for business history: letters of August Belmont Rothschild Agent in New York: 1860s

Photograph collections

The Rothschild Archive London holds a number of important individual photographs and photographic collections.

Business photographs

Photographs in the collection received from the London business include images of the various New Court buildings, Rothschild staff, and the staff and operations of the Royal Mint Refinery. 

Family photographs

Photograph collections have been formed from the personal collections of various members of the Rothschild family reflecting their family and leisure interests from the 19th to the 21st century. As with any family, photography was used to record family events such as holidays in this country and abroad, winter sports, portraits of family and friends, members of the family at the time of the First World War, children at play, cricket, equestrian events, and family gatherings.

There are a considerable number of albums dating from the 1860s onwards which include portraits not just of the Rothschild family and their friends and associates but also members of British and European royalty. Many of these are studio portraits by photographers such as Alice Hughes, Desderi, Etienne Carjat, Hills and Saunders, Camille Silvy. There are also volumes which show exterior and interior views of Rothschild estates, including Mentmore Towers, Tring Park (by H. Bedford Lemere), Waddesdon Manor (Ferdinand de Rothschild's 'Red Book'), and Halton House (by Sam Glen Payne). 

Photographs by Nathaniel Mayer Anselm von Rothschild (1836–1905)

Photography was one of Nathaniel's many interests and he published illustrated accounts of his travels in Europe, and endowed the Viennese Camera Club. 

Photographic collections of Robert Philippe Gustave de Rothschild (1880-1946)

Robert was destined to play a major role in the management of the Paris House, de Rothschild Frères. He served as a lieutenant in the First World War, receiving two citations. The Archive holds a large collection of photographs and moving images, depicting family members and images of the First World War. 

Photographic collections of Lionel de Rothschild (1882-1942)

Of particular significance are the large number of photographs by Lionel de Rothschild (1882-1942). Comprising photograph albums, loose prints,  the images show countries he visited while on holiday, such as Denmark, Egypt, Italy, Netherlands, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia. The subjects of his photography include his yacht the Rhodora, views of gardens showing plants and flowers, views of towns and buildings, landscapes, bird nests, a bull fight, portraits of family and friends, and scenes that inspired Lionel. The camera equipment he used has survived and includes three cameras made by Newman Guardia Ltd with their respective holders and cases. Of particular note is the rare collection of over 700 autochromes, taken by Lionel just before the First World War. See The Rothschild Autochromes »

Other photographs

The Archive holds photographs by W. & J. Piggott relating to the Rothschild sponsored craft exhibitions held at Leighton Buzzard Corn Exchange in 1875, an album of the Sassoon family in Scotland c. 1890s. and images (believed to be the Dutch coast), taken in the First World War and sent to Robert de Rothschild (1880-1946). The Archive also holds an album of photographs of Aston Clinton, taken by the Head Gardener, Mr Warren c.1900. 

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The entrance to New Court: 1960s

The entrance to New Court: 1960s

Autochrome by Lionel de Rothschild of a tiger at London Zoo c.1910

Autochrome by Lionel de Rothschild of a tiger at London Zoo c.1910